Cats naturally love to jump, climb, hide, play and scratch. Scratching is an instinctive method of marking a territory. It is impractical and unfair to expect cats to stop scratching entirely. To prevent damage of your home furniture, provide a scratching post in an area a cat can claw.
What is a scratching post?
It is usually a wooden post wrapped with rough stuff such as textile or fabric, corrugated fiberboard and the like. Since it is inevitable for cats to scratch, you may just choose the right kind of a scratching post so as not to deprive them from doing so. The one that is made up of sisal mesh fabric is one of the best kinds. You just have to make sure that it measures 24” and above.
Why do cats scratch?
Naturally cats would want to take off something in their claws or mark a certain area inside the house that is why they do some scratching activities. For some it may seem very hard to train your cat and make use of the available scratching posts. However, doing so requires patience and determination. Don't force your cat to use the scratching post; you just need to present it to them in a manner that they will find it convenient to use. Never change it once your pet get used to it. And of course upon learning to use it, reward your pet in such a way that they will be able to tell between good deeds and the opposite.
What are the benefits of training your cat to use a scratching post?
Remember if you are able to discipline your pet that reflects to your personality - it mirrors on how you handle and manage your life as well as love all the people and things around you through these cute creatures. Your pet would become perfectly adorable as there would not be any chance for them to break or tatter things. In that case, you will no longer have problems about your cat scratching anywhere. Your furniture at home and any other appliances would be safe enough from their claws.
Once you have properly domesticated your cats to use a scratching post, there would not be any means for you to declaw them. You have to remember that declawing is as if cutting all the fingers of your pet and that is equivalent to an act of cruelty to animals.